AUBURN, Calif., April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- With humble beginnings owning a handful of independent gas stations, Northern California company Flyers Energy, LLC (http://www.flyersenergy.com/) celebrates its 40th year in business in 2019.  Flyers now has locations or holdings in 20 states.

Flyers Energy delivers branded fuel and manages the relationship with brands Chevron, Shell, 76, Valero, and Flyers for 120 independent gas stations. (PRNewsfoto/Flyers Energy, LLC)
Flyers Energy delivers branded fuel and manages the relationship with brands Chevron, Shell, 76, Valero, and Flyers for 120 independent gas stations. (PRNewsfoto/Flyers Energy, LLC)

Flyers has evolved to become less dependent on petroleum sales by expanding its renewable fuels division and, over the last two years, adding diverse business and real estate investments.  "We've reduced the impact volatile fuel prices have on our operation," said Walt Dwelle, Managing Partner.  Investments include express car washes, commercial office buildings, a hotel, and several mobile home parks.

Alternative and renewable energy investments have been especially important to Flyers.  It started with placing solar panels on top of their convenience stores in the 1990s.  Flyers continues to be an equity investor in commercial solar projects in the western United States with more than 22 megawatts of production capacity and another 1.6 MW to come online this year.

With the most recent endeavor, Flyers-backed Calgren Renewable Fuels (http://www.calgren.com/) is injecting carbon renewable gas made from cow manure directly into Southern California Gas Company's (http://www.socalgas.com/) natural gas system.  In 2017, Calgren introduced a "supercritical" biodiesel production facility which uses distillers corn oil from the plant along with brown grease, acid oils, and other low-cost feedstock. Calgren and a similar plant, a Flyers investment in Pratt, Kansas, produce a total of 100 million gallons of ethanol annually as their primary function.

Flyers hasn't forgotten their roots in petroleum.  After selling off all 39 convenience stores in 2017, Flyers acquired the Quick Fuel automated fueling network from another family-owned jobber in Milwaukee in 2018. The addition of 49 Quick Fuel sites brought the total number of Flyers commercial fueling locations to more than 300 in 18 states.

About Flyers Energy LLC
Flyers Energy, LLC operations include transportation, commercial fueling on the CFN, Quick Fuel Advantage, Voyager, and Pacific Pride networks, distribution of Mobil™ brand passenger car, heavy duty, and industrial lubricants, supply of wholesale and branded fuel, and generation of renewable fuels and power in the United States. Flyers is a distributor of Chevron, Shell, Valero, and 76 branded fuel and is the largest participant on the Commercial Fueling Network (CFN).

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SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EnerBank USA®, the national consumer lender that helps strategic business partners and independent home improvement contractors increase their sales, recently announced a new Triple Option Loan for contractors to offer homeowners who are installing solar panels and expect to receive income tax incentives, rebates, and/or other significant payments. The new loan features a 12- or 18-month no-payment period and three re-amortizations of principal and interest over the life of the loan, providing homeowners the ultimate flexibility in choosing how they want to pay for their projects.

During the 12- or 18-month no-payment period, customers are not required to make payments on the loan. If the entire principal amount is paid off before the expiration of the no-payment period, all accrued interest is waived. After the no-payment period, the loan is re-amortized, followed by two more re-amortization events each May of the following years. This allows homeowners the option to apply rebates, bonuses or tax refunds to reduce the amount of their monthly loan payment.

“The Triple Option Loan gives tremendous flexibility for homeowners to pay off the principal of their loans or to reduce their monthly payments,” said Charlie Knadler, president and CEO of EnerBank. “Because the loan is re-amortized several times, homeowners have an extended period to apply bulk payments to the loan compared to other loan options.”

And, with the new Triple Option Loan, contractors have an additional choice in financing options they can offer their customers, helping them grow their businesses in the process. “When contractors provide payment options for home improvement projects, they can achieve higher close rates, increase project size and grow their sales,” said Knadler. “Many home improvement contractors have seen sales increases of 30 percent or more. Offering payment options gives their customers more choices and greater spending power to achieve their home improvement dreams.”

For more information about the new Triple Option Loan, or to learn more about EnerBank, visit us at enerbank.com/contractors today.

About EnerBank USA—America’s home improvement lender of choice

EnerBank is a highly specialized Member FDIC bank headquartered in Salt Lake City that helps strategic business partners (i.e., home improvement product manufacturers, distributors, franchise organizations, and trade associations) and independent home improvement contractors increase their sales. For over 15 years, EnerBank USA has helped home improvement contractors grow their businesses and enabled homeowners to have the home of their dreams. Through mobile, online and phone application choices, homeowners get a credit decision in minutes, making for higher close rates, and bigger jobs for contractors. Homeowners enjoy Same-As-Cash loans and low interest, low monthly payment loans, while contractors increase their sales. EnerBank USA is a fair housing lender and makes loans without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, handicap, or familial status. Visit enerbank.com for more information.

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Singapore & Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: 
  • Mr. Ashwin Muthiah, Chairman, Founder Chairman, AM International Group, Singapore, laid the foundation stone for the floating solar power project
  • The floating solar power plant located in SPIC’s Tuticorin plant will lead to significant energy savings

Greenam Energy Private Limited (Greenam), an AM International group company with a focus on introducing new-age green and sustainable technology, conducted the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of its 24 MW floating solar power plant. Mr. Ashwin Muthiah, Founder Chairman of AM International Group, Singapore, laid the foundation stone for the project, in an event at the SPIC’s Tuticorin factory complex. The project is a one-of-its-kind and one of India’s first floating renewable energy initiative to optimise energy production in industrial plants. It showcases AM International groups commitment to promote eco-friendly alternatives and seek self-sufficiency in the operations of its various group companies.

Speaking on occasion, Mr. Ashwin Muthiah, Founder Chairman, AM International Group, Singapore, said, “Greenam Energy will spearhead sustainable and green energy initiatives across the AM International group by bringing world-class technology and expertise. At AM International, we believe that the key to a sustainable future lies in effectively harnessing green energies. We continue in our efforts to employ new technologies and reduce carbon footprint. This project, one of the latest floating solar power plants in India, is a milestone in our attempts to promote the usage of renewable energy sources. The floating solar power plant will be one of the country most significant projects with technology comparable to the best in the world.” 

Once the project is complete, it will supply electricity to SPIC, and the excess will be sold to the state power utilities. It will lead to significant energy costs savings and reduce the dependence of the company on its external power suppliers. This 24 MW floating solar power plant will be located on the company’s large water reservoir, inside the company’s Tuticorin plant premises. EDAC Engineering Ltd., a SPIC group company, is undertaking the construction. The project is owned by Greenam Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of AM International Holdings, Singapore. 

As no land is required for construction, floating solar plants are gaining popularity across India. Also, the water beneath keeps the panels cool and boosts efficiency, thus providing mechanical leverage.

Various state governments and corporations are turning to solar power, in a bid to reduce their dependence on coal for electricity generation. The tropical climate of Southern India and availability of water bodies provide ideal opportunities for the construction of floating solar power plants.

Greenam Energy’s current project is one of the latest solar power plants in India and an ambitious large-scale project. The company plans to continue its endeavour of promoting renewable energies and sustainable practices.

About Greenam Energy Private Limited

Greenam Energy is committed to introducing new-age technology to optimise energy production norms in a sustainable and green manner. A wholly owned subsidiary of AM International Singapore, it currently is focussed to deliver state of the art green energy projects to various group companies to enable clean and environment-friendly manufacturing best practices.

Website: https://aminternational.sg/businesses/green-energy/​

About AM International

AM International is a diversified, multinational group of companies with a federated operating architecture. Headquartered in Singapore, it has been trusted by millions of customers for over six decades. Today, many of the group’s businesses are market leaders with footprints across South East Asia, India and the United Kingdom. The group’s business verticals include fertilisers & supply chain, petrochemicals, infrastructure, healthcare and green energy. The group’s CSR activities are helmed under the AM Foundation and its initiatives are focused on providing clean drinking water, preventing water contamination and solving the sanitation crisis.

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SENECA, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Perry Ellis International, Inc. (PEI) has completed a new 2,432-panel rooftop solar installation atop one of the company’s largest distribution centers, which is located in Seneca, South Carolina. Constructed on an 83,000 square-foot roof of the 350,000 square-foot facility, the installation marks a significant milestone in the company’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and its ongoing sustainability mission.

Con Edison Solutions, a leading national energy services company and subsidiary of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc., designed and installed the solar system for Perry Ellis International. The site is expected to generate approximately 1.15 GWh of energy annually, offsetting a significant portion of the distribution center's energy needs with clean, renewable solar power. Launched as a pilot program, this new solar installation will help direct future alternative energy initiatives for PEI.

“As a global fashion company with offices and production facilities around the world, we are placing an ever-growing focus on sustainable facets of our operation. While the industry as a whole has made some great strides, it is important to keep the momentum going to bring about positive change. This is our first major solar power installation and serves as a launch pad for additional initiatives in renewable energy and company-wide Corporate Social Responsibility programs. Supporting our company’s commitment to education, Perry Ellis International has partnered with the Hamilton Career Center, a local vocational technical school, within the school district of Oconee County. The goal is to work with students to develop innovative ideas pertaining to robotics, automation and industrial controls, as well as internship and employment opportunities,” said Oscar Feldenkreis, CEO and President of PEI.

“South Carolina has embraced the environmental and cost saving benefits of solar power,” said Mark Noyes, President and CEO of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc.. “Together with Perry Ellis International, we worked to transform 83,000 square-feet of previously-unused rooftop space into a renewable energy power plant that will save the company in energy costs while reducing its environmental footprint.”

About Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men's and women's apparel, accessories and fragrances. The company's collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men's and women's swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, Perry Ellis America, An Original Penguin by Munsingwear®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, and Farah®. The company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® for swimwear, Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel and Guy Harvey® for performance fishing and resort wear. Additional information on the company is available at http://www.pery.com.

About Con Edison Solutions

Con Edison Solutions is an energy services company that provides renewable energy, resiliency, and sustainability services including battery storage, cost-effective energy efficiency solutions, demand management, and energy performance contracting to industrial, commercial, governmental, and residential customers. Con Edison Solutions offers programs and services designed to help customers achieve their individual energy objectives and is accredited as an Energy Services Provider (ESP) by the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).

Con Edison Solutions is a subsidiary of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc., and part of the Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED) family of companies. More information can be obtained by calling 1-888-210-8899 or visiting the Con Edison Solutions website at www.conedsolutions.com. You can also visit the Consolidated Edison, Inc. website at http://investor.conedison.com for information on all of the Consolidated Edison companies.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), announced details of the 2nd Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The award encourages research centres, individuals, and innovators around the world to develop sustainable and innovative solutions using solar energy to address scarcity of potable water. Overseen by Suqia, under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, the award has three main categories: Innovative Projects Award, Innovative Research & Development Award, and Innovative Individual Award, with prizes totalling USD 1 million.

The Innovative Projects Award targets government, semi-government, and non-government organisations. It has two categories: Large Projects Award with prizes worth USD 300,000, and Small Projects Award with prizes worth USD 240,000. The Innovative Research & Development Award targets individuals and teams from academic institutions and research centres that are independent or annexed to government or semi-government organisations. It has two categories: the National Institutions Award and the International Institutions Award with prizes worth USD 200,000 each. The Innovative Individual Award has two categories: the Youth Award, which targets youth between 15 and 35 years old with a prize value of USD 20,000; and the Distinguished Researcher Award with a prize value of USD 40,000. Terms & conditions for applying are available on Suqia’s website (www.suqia.ae). Deadline for receiving applications is 30 June 2019.

“This year’s award builds on the success of the first one in 2017, which attracted 138 participants from 43 countries. We were pleased with the size of participation from young people in the award, which celebrated 10 winners from 8 countries, emphasising the role of the UAE as a platform for innovation, a destination for innovators, and an incubator for creative minds from around the world,” said Al Tayer.

Al Tayer noted that over 9 million people in 34 countries had benefited from Suqia’s projects by end of 2018.

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HOUSTON, April 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Former astronaut and long-duration spaceflight pioneer Owen Garriott, 88, died today, April 15, at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. Garriott flew aboard the Skylab space station during the Skylab 3 mission and on the Space Shuttle Columbia for the STS-9/Spacelab-1 mission. He spent a total of 70 days in space.

"The astronauts, scientists and engineers at Johnson Space Center are saddened by the loss of Owen Garriott," said Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester. "We remember the history he made during the Skylab and space shuttle programs that helped shape the space program we have today. Not only was he a bright scientist and astronaut, he and his crewmates set the stage for international cooperation in human spaceflight. He also was the first to participate in amateur radio from space, a hobby many of our astronauts still enjoy today."

Garriott was born in Enid, Oklahoma. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. Garriott served as an electronics officer while on active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1956, and was stationed aboard several U.S. destroyers at sea. He then taught electronics, electromagnetic theory and ionospheric physics as an associate professor at Stanford. He performed research in ionospheric physics and has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific papers and one book on this subject.

He was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in June 1965, and then completed a 53-week course in flight training at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona. He logged more than 5,000 hours flying time -- including more than 2,900 hours in jet and light aircraft, spacecraft and helicopters. In addition to NASA ratings, he held FAA commercial pilot and flight instructor certification for instrument and multi-engine aircraft.

Garriott was the science-pilot for Skylab 3, the second crewed Skylab mission, and was in orbit from July 28 to Sept. 25, 1973. His crewmates were Commander Alan Bean and Pilot Jack Lousma. The crew accomplished 150% of mission goals while completing 858 revolutions of the Earth and traveling some 24.5 million miles. The crew installed replacement rate gyros used for attitude control of the spacecraft and a twin pole sunshade used for thermal control, and repaired nine major experiment or operational equipment items. They devoted 305 hours to extensive solar observations and completed 333 medical experiment performances to obtain valuable data on the effects of extended weightlessness on humans. The crew of Skylab 3 logged 1,427 hours and 9 minutes each in space, setting a world record for a single mission, and Garriott spent 13 hours and 43 minutes in three separate spacewalks outside the orbital workshop.

On his second and final flight, Garriott flew as a mission specialist on the ninth space shuttle mission and the first six-person flight. He launched aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia for STS-9/Spacelab-1 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on Nov. 28, 1983. His crewmates were Commander John Young, Pilot Brewster Shaw, Jr., fellow mission specialist Robert Parker, and Payload Specialists Byron Lichtenberg and Ulf Merbold of (ESA) European Space Agency. This six-person crew was the largest yet to fly aboard a single spacecraft, the first international shuttle crew and the first to carry payload specialists. During STS-9, the first human amateur radio operations in space were conducted using Garriott's station call, W5LFL. After 10 days of Spacelab hardware verification and around-the-clock scientific operations, Columbia and its laboratory cargo landed on the dry lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on Dec. 8, 1983.

Garriott held other positions at Johnson Space Center such as deputy and later director of Science and Applications, and as the assistant director for Space and Life Science.

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GREENBELT, Md., April 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers from NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, report that streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor.

The findings will help scientists understand the history of lunar water — a potential resource for sustaining long term operations on the Moon and human exploration of deep space. Models had predicted that meteoroid impacts could release water from the Moon as a vapor, but scientists hadn't yet observed the phenomenon. 

Now, the team has found dozens of these events in data collected by NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer. LADEE was a robotic mission that orbited the Moon to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere, and determine whether dust is lofted into the lunar sky.

"We traced most of these events to known meteoroid streams, but the really surprising part is that we also found evidence of four meteoroid streams that were previously undiscovered," said Mehdi Benna of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Benna is the lead author of the study, published in Nature Geosciences.

The newly identified meteoroid streams, observed by LADEE, occurred on Jan. 9, April 2, April 5 and April 9, 2014.

There's evidence that the Moon has water (H2O) and hydroxyl (OH), a more reactive relative of H2O. But debates continue about the origins of the water, whether it is widely distributed and how much might be present.

"The Moon doesn't have significant amounts of H2O or OH in its atmosphere most of the time," said Richard Elphic, the LADEE project scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley. "But when the Moon passed through one of these meteoroid streams, enough vapor was ejected for us to detect it. And then, when the event was over, the H2O or OH went away."

Lunar scientists often use the term "water" to refer to both H2O and OH. Figuring out how much H2O and how much OH are present is something future Moon missions might address.

LADEE, which was built and managed by NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley, detected the vapor using its Neutral Mass Spectrometer, an instrument built by Goddard. The mission orbited the Moon from October 2013 to April 2014 and gathered detailed information about the structure and composition of the lunar atmosphere, or more correctly, the "exosphere" – a faint envelope of gases around the Moon.

To release water, the meteoroids had to penetrate at least 3 inches (8 centimeters) below the surface. Underneath this bone-dry top layer lies a thin transition layer, then a hydrated layer, where water molecules likely stick to bits of soil and rock, called regolith.

From the measurements of water in the exosphere, the researchers calculated that the hydrated layer has a water concentration of about 200 to 500 parts per million, or about 0.02 to 0.05 percent by weight. This concentration is much drier than the driest terrestrial soil, and is consistent with earlier studies. It is so dry that one would need to process more than a metric ton of regolith in order to collect 16 ounces of water.

Because the material on the lunar surface is fluffy, even a meteoroid that's a fraction of an inch (5 millimeters) across can penetrate far enough to release a puff of vapor. With each impact, a small shock wave fans out and ejects water from the surrounding area.

When a stream of meteoroids rains down on the lunar surface, the liberated water will enter the exosphere and spread through it. About two-thirds of that vapor escapes into space, but about one-third lands back on the surface of the Moon.

These findings could help explain the deposits of ice in cold traps in the dark reaches of craters near the poles. Most of the known water on the Moon is located in cold traps, where temperatures are so low that water vapor and other volatiles that encounter the surface will remain stable for a very long time, perhaps up to several billion years. Meteoroid strikes can transport water both into and out of cold traps.

The team ruled out the possibility that all of the water detected came from the meteoroids themselves.

"We know that some of the water must be coming from the Moon, because the mass of water being released is greater than the water mass within the meteoroids coming in," said the second author of the paper, Dana Hurley of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

The analysis indicates that meteoroid impacts release water faster than it can be produced from reactions that occur when the solar wind hits the lunar surface.

"The water being lost is likely ancient, either dating back to the formation of the Moon or deposited early in its history," said Benna.

NASA is leading a sustainable return to the Moon with commercial and international partners to expand human presence in space and bring back new knowledge and opportunities.

For related images and videos, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/goddard/2019/ladee-lunar-water

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"Customer feedback was instrumental in the choice to add multi-year analysis to HOMER Grid," says CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal of HOMER Energy, which designed the software. "In the fast-moving microgrid world, we work closely with our users to develop new approaches."

HOMER Grid helps commercial and industrial (C&I) customers reduce demand charges and other electricity costs through the design of behind-the-meter projects that incorporate renewable energy, storage, and other efficient technologies such as combined heat and power (CHP). By accurately modeling and comparing the financial benefits of different distributed energy investments, HOMER Grid users can reduce financial risk by determining the best mix of resources for the lowest cost. HOMER Grid incorporates utility tariff data from the US, Canada, and Mexico, and makes it easy for users from other countries to create custom tariffs. Using utility costs and simulating distributed energy systems based on specifications from leading equipment manufacturers, HOMER Grid performs complex calculations that identify potential values in self-consumption, demand charge reduction, and energy arbitrage.

A new enhancement that should appeal to experts is the ability to export dispatch log files and dig into minute-by-minute details behind battery discharge or peak shaving. Users who have an in-depth understanding of the simulation process will be more confident that HOMER Grid is representing a realistic performance of their system and be able to convey that information to their clients more easily. HOMER Grid also has an improved Time Series Viewer, which will allow users to bookmark their preferred graphs, access them instantly each time they model a system, and include them quickly in the final Simulation Report, an important customer communication tool.

For new users of HOMER Grid - or people that are just getting proficient with modeling of distributed energy systems - there are several enhancements that will make it quicker and easier to understand the results of a simulation. A Summary Tab pops up each time a model run is completed, displaying the "winning" or least-cost design front and center. The Time Series Viewer now includes key graphs that are set up by default in the software. Overlaying the most frequently accessed data sets, they illustrate critical insights such as peak shaving and battery discharge, providing visual illustrations of how the distributed energy system is operating.

About HOMER Energy

HOMER Energy is the developer and distributor of HOMER software, the global standard for energy modeling tools that analyze solar-plus-storage, microgrids and other distributed energy projects. HOMER® Pro simulates the engineering and economic feasibility of complex off-grid and grid-tied distributed energy systems that combine conventional and renewable power, storage, and load management. HOMER Grid, aimed at the solar-plus-storage market, helps commercial and industrial customers design hybrid renewable energy systems that save on electricity bills and lower carbon footprints. Based in Boulder, Colorado, HOMER Energy was founded in 2009 by Peter Lilienthal, Ph.D., and Marilyn Walker, Ph.D, and now has over 200,000 users in more than 190 countries. Learn more at www.homerenergy.com or call 720-565-4046.

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HOUSTON, April 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Former astronaut and long-duration spaceflight pioneer Owen Garriott, 88, died today, April 15, at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. Garriott flew aboard the Skylab space station during the Skylab 3 mission and on the Space Shuttle Columbia for the STS-9/Spacelab-1 mission. He spent a total of 70 days in space.

"The astronauts, scientists and engineers at Johnson Space Center are saddened by the loss of Owen Garriott," said Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester. "We remember the history he made during the Skylab and space shuttle programs that helped shape the space program we have today. Not only was he a bright scientist and astronaut, he and his crewmates set the stage for international cooperation in human spaceflight. He also was the first to participate in amateur radio from space, a hobby many of our astronauts still enjoy today."

Garriott was born in Enid, Oklahoma. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. Garriott served as an electronics officer while on active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1956, and was stationed aboard several U.S. destroyers at sea. He then taught electronics, electromagnetic theory and ionospheric physics as an associate professor at Stanford. He performed research in ionospheric physics and has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific papers and one book on this subject.

He was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in June 1965, and then completed a 53-week course in flight training at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona. He logged more than 5,000 hours flying time -- including more than 2,900 hours in jet and light aircraft, spacecraft and helicopters. In addition to NASA ratings, he held FAA commercial pilot and flight instructor certification for instrument and multi-engine aircraft.

Garriott was the science-pilot for Skylab 3, the second crewed Skylab mission, and was in orbit from July 28 to Sept. 25, 1973. His crewmates were Commander Alan Bean and Pilot Jack Lousma. The crew accomplished 150% of mission goals while completing 858 revolutions of the Earth and traveling some 24.5 million miles. The crew installed replacement rate gyros used for attitude control of the spacecraft and a twin pole sunshade used for thermal control, and repaired nine major experiment or operational equipment items. They devoted 305 hours to extensive solar observations and completed 333 medical experiment performances to obtain valuable data on the effects of extended weightlessness on humans. The crew of Skylab 3 logged 1,427 hours and 9 minutes each in space, setting a world record for a single mission, and Garriott spent 13 hours and 43 minutes in three separate spacewalks outside the orbital workshop.

On his second and final flight, Garriott flew as a mission specialist on the ninth space shuttle mission and the first six-person flight. He launched aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia for STS-9/Spacelab-1 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on Nov. 28, 1983. His crewmates were Commander John Young, Pilot Brewster Shaw, Jr., fellow mission specialist Robert Parker, and Payload Specialists Byron Lichtenberg and Ulf Merbold of (ESA) European Space Agency. This six-person crew was the largest yet to fly aboard a single spacecraft, the first international shuttle crew and the first to carry payload specialists. During STS-9, the first human amateur radio operations in space were conducted using Garriott's station call, W5LFL. After 10 days of Spacelab hardware verification and around-the-clock scientific operations, Columbia and its laboratory cargo landed on the dry lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on Dec. 8, 1983.

Garriott held other positions at Johnson Space Center such as deputy and later director of Science and Applications, and as the assistant director for Space and Life Science.

For Garriott's official NASA biography, visit:

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ATLANTA, April 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power has elected Thomas "Tommy" M. Holder to the company's board of directors, effective May 1, 2019. Holder is chairman and CEO of Atlanta-based Holder Construction Company.

Holder Construction is a national commercial construction services firm that consistently ranks as one of the Nation's Top 100 Contractors and has one of the largest teams of general contractors, construction managers and design-builders in the United States. Holder joined the company in 1976 and has held various positions in operations and management before being named chairman and CEO in 1997.

"As head of Holder Construction, Tommy offers expertise across construction management, planning and design, safety, sustainability and more," said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. "His leadership and experience will be an asset to Georgia Power as we continue to invest in all areas of our business to best serve our customers now and in the future. We welcome him to our board of directors."

A native of Atlanta and an active member in the community, Holder serves as board chair of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and is chair of the Facilities Committee of the Woodruff Arts Center. He is a board member of the Westside Future Fund, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Research Alliance, the Georgia Tech Foundation and the Georgia Historical Society. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the Company's promise to 2.6 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the Company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the Company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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GOODYEAR, Ariz., April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sub-Zero Group, Inc., the industry leader in premium refrigeration, cooking equipment and dishwashing appliances, recently commissioned a 3.94-megawatt SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) solar energy system, designed and installed by Chandler-based Sun Valley Solar Solutions. In the first year of operation, the system is expected to provide more than 30 percent of the facility's total energy that would otherwise be purchased from the local utility, while locking in significant savings over the system's conservatively estimated 30-year lifespan.

"Adding solar to one of our larger manufacturing sites brings us significantly closer to achieving our corporate goals of integrating sustainability initiatives throughout Sub-Zero Group, Inc. while striving to produce the highest quality of luxury appliances possible," said Sara Northouse, sustainability project leader for Sub-Zero Group, Inc. "Solar is a long-term investment that will deliver meaningful benefits for decades to come. As a company, we are mindful of our energy consumption and are excited to demonstrate our commitment to a more balanced, sustainable future for our customers and their communities."

The solar addition is part of a 250,000-square-foot facility and manufacturing line expansion at the company's Goodyear facility. The massive rooftop installation incorporates more than 11,000 highly reliable SunPower® Performance Series solar panels on a custom ballasted racking system that helps avoid roof penetrations for maximum roof integrity. Positioning the panels at a 20-degree angle ensures maximum sunlight capture and peak production throughout the day.

"We're extremely proud to have helped Sub-Zero Group, Inc. with this important initiative," said Russ Patzer, CEO of Sun Valley Solar Solutions. "Adding them to our growing customer list of successful, forward-thinking organizations is a huge step in helping other companies understand how going solar is the best way to ensure a healthier bottom line and a healthier environment."

Over the lifespan of the array, the new SunPower system is expected to offset over 205 million kilowatt-hours of electricity use.

About Sub-Zero Group, Inc.

Sub-Zero Group, Inc., headquartered in Madison, Wis., manufactures best-in-class appliance brands Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove. Founded in 1945, Sub-Zero is the leading America-based manufacturer of refrigeration, freezer and wine storage products. Sub-Zero, the preservation specialist, pioneered the concept of dual refrigeration, ensuring that food stays fresher longer. With the acquisition of Wolf Range Company in 2000, Sub-Zero Group, Inc. added the industry specialist in residential cooking appliances, with products including ranges, cooktops, wall ovens, warming drawers and ventilation equipment. In 2018, Sub-Zero Group, Inc. launched the Cove brand of dishwashers, the specialist in all things clean. Cove joins Sub-Zero and Wolf, establishing the brands as corporate companions and a complete kitchen family. In its third generation of family ownership, the privately held company operates manufacturing facilities in Fitchburg, Wis., and Goodyear, Ariz. Sub-Zero Group, Inc. is continually recognized for the highest achievements in appliance innovation and customer satisfaction. For more information about Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove, visit subzero-wolf.com or follow us at facebook.com/subzerowolf, on Twitter @subzerowolf or on Instagram @subzeroandwolf. For Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Customer Care, call 800-222-7820.

About Sun Valley Solar Solutions

Since 2006, Sun Valley Solar Solutions has been helping Arizona homeowners and businesses turn the state's most abundant natural resource into immediate savings and a cleaner tomorrow. The company is accredited as a SunPower Elite Dealer by SunPower Corp., holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and a five-star rating on Yelp, has won the Angie's List Super Service Award five times, and was ranked #1 Solar Installer by Ranking Arizona – The Best of Arizona Business. Sun Valley Solar Solutions is NABCEP-certified and a member of the Solar Energy Industries Association, AMICUS, the Electric League of Arizona, the U.S. Green Building Council, and LOCAL FIRST. For more information, visit sunvalleysolar.com.

*Estimated production data compiled by using the United States Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator.

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LONDON, April 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Solar Shading System Market: Report Synopsis
The report offers a nine-year forecast for the solar shading system market between 2018 and 2027. In terms of value, the solar shading system market is expected to register a single-digit CAGR during the forecast period. This study demonstrates the global solar shading system market dynamics and trends across six regions: North America, Latin America, Europe, Japan, APEJ, and MEA, which influence the current nature as well as the future status of the solar shading system market over the forecast period.

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Solar Shading System Market: Report Description
This research report provides a detailed analysis of the solar shading system market and offers insights on the various factors driving the popularity of solar shading system systems. The report includes an extensive analysis of the key industry drivers, challenges, trends, and structure of the solar shading system market. The solar shading system market study provides a comprehensive assessment of stakeholder strategies and imperatives for succeeding in the business. The report segregates the solar shading system market based on the application area, component type, technology, and different regions, globally.

The solar shading system market is expected to witness significant value growth during the forecast period, owing to increasing urbanization, increasing the disposable income of people, increase in private spending on houses, and increasing building up-gradations. Moreover, the growing trend of heat resistive and innovative infrastructure is expected to ensure the potential growth of the solar shading system market.

The report starts with an overview of the solar shading system market in terms of value. In addition, this section includes an analysis of the key trends, drivers, and challenges from the supply, demand, and economy side that are influencing the solar shading system market.

The solar shading system market is classified on the basis of the application area, component type, technology, and different regions, globally. By component type, the solar shading system market is segmented into aluminum-based, fabric-based, and others. Based on the application area, the solar shading system market is segmented into residential, commercial, and industrial. Based on technology, the solar shading system market is segmented into battery powered, manual, and smart powered source.

A detailed analysis has been provided for every segment in terms of market size analysis for the solar shading system market across different regions. This section provides a detailed analysis that covers the key trends.

The next section contains a detailed analysis of the solar shading system market across various regions. It provides a market outlook for 2018–2027 and sets the forecast within the context of the solar shading system market, which includes the latest innovations as well as offerings in the solar shading system market. This study discusses the key trends within countries that contribute to the growth of the solar shading system market, as well as analyses the degree at which the drivers are influencing the solar shading system market in each region. The key regions and countries assessed in this report include North America (U.S. & Canada), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and the Rest of Latin America), Europe (Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, and the Rest of Europe), Japan, APEJ (China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and the Rest of APEJ), and MEA (GCC Countries, Israel, South Africa, and the Rest of MEA). This report evaluates the present scenario and the growth prospects of the solar shading system market across various regions, globally, for the period 2018–2027.

To offer an accurate forecast, we have started by sizing the current market, which forms the basis of how the solar shading system market will grow in the future. Given the characteristics of the solar shading system market, we have triangulated the outcome of different types of analysis based on technology trends.

As previously highlighted, the global Solar shading system market is split into a number of segments. All segments and different regions are analyzed in terms of basis points to understand the relative contribution of individual segments to the growth of the solar shading system market. This detailed information is important for the identification of various key trends in the global solar shading system market.

In the final section of the solar shading system market report, we have included a competitive landscape to provide clients a dashboard view based on the categories of providers in the value chain, their presence in the solar shading system market, and key differentiators. This section is primarily designed to provide clients an objective and detailed comparative assessment of the key providers specific to a market segment in the solar shading system market supply chain, and the potential players for the same. Report audiences can gain segment-specific vendor insights to identify and evaluate the key competitors based on an in-depth assessment of their capabilities and success in the marketplace. Detailed profiles of providers are also included in the scope of the report to evaluate their long-term and short-term strategies, key offerings, and recent developments in the solar shading system market. Some of the key competitors covered in the solar shading system market report are Systems, Inc., Construction Specialties, Coltinfo.co.uk, SWFcontract, Norsk Hydro ASA, Duco, Ventilation & Sun Control, LINAK, Draper, Inc, Glazing GmbH, Roda Licht- und Lufttechnik Gmb, Comhan, InSync Solar, WAREMA Nederland B.V., Glasscon GmbH, Thermosash , Alumet Insolroll, and Alliance Shading.

Solar Shading System Market: Key Segments

By application area:
Residential

Commercial

Industrial

By component type:
Aluminum-based

Fabric-based

Others

By technology:
Battery Powered

Manual

Smart Power Source

Key regions covered:
North America

U.S.

Canada

Latin America

Brazil

Mexico

Rest of Latin America

Europe

Germany

U.K.

France

Spain

Italy

Rest of Europe

APEJ

China

India

Malaysia

Singapore

Australia

Rest of APEJ

Japan

MEA

GCC Countries

Israel

South Africa

Rest of MEA

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SPOTSYLVANIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors has approved three special use permits for sPower’s proposed 500 megawatt (MW) solar project. The project will be built in phases over the next two years and will ultimately generate over $20 million in new tax revenue for Spotsylvania County. The project will create approximately 800 construction jobs and 35 full-time jobs.

sPower CEO, Ryan Creamer commented, “sPower is beyond excited to get this final vote of approval. We are pleased with how hard our staff and the County Supervisors have worked to create what will be a world class project that will be a source of pride for everyone in the County.” Mr. Creamer went on to say, “We are also proud to be able to generate enough power with this project to supply the equivalent of approximately 111,000 homes and offset 340,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.”

“This is a landmark project for sPower, Spotsylvania and the Commonwealth of Virginia, which will bring hundreds of new jobs and new tech investment to the area,” said Daniel Menahem, Director, Solar Development for sPower. “Over the last year we have worked closely with County staff, officials, and citizens to ensure that this project fits well with the character and community of Spotsylvania.”

“I feel confident the Board of Supervisors has addressed all the issues involving this project and that it is safe,” said Supervisor Greg Benton. “I believe ultimately this project will be very beneficial to Spotsylvania County and look forward to seeing the sPower project come to fruition and being a success. This is going to be a long-term partnership for both sPower and Spotsylvania County and will hopefully be prosperous and beneficial for us both.”

To help fill the jobs this project will create, sPower will hold local career fairs and job training programs. Additionally, sPower is a proud supporter of the men and women who serve this country and is committed to outreach that facilitates hiring veterans.

About sPower:

sPower, an AES and AIMCo company, is the largest private owner of operating solar assets in the United States. sPower owns and operates a portfolio of solar and wind assets greater than 1.5 GW and has a development pipeline of more than 10 GW. sPower is owned by a joint venture partnership between The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), a worldwide energy company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers.

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